Andrew Mitchell, RHP, TCU
Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 225
Mitchell originally showed some promise during his freshman year, throwing 76 innings while averaging 8.64 K/9 and 3.67 BB/9. And while his punch out rate jumped noticeably during his sophomore campaign — 11.81 K/9 — so did the number of allowed free passes (5.38 BB/9).
This season, the big right-hander was pushed in a swingman-type role, making 20 appearances, 10 of which were starts. He’s struck out 57 and walked 33 in 49 innings of work (10.47 K/9 and 6.06 BB/9).
Projection: Mitchell clearly has the ability to miss bats, but the question will be if he can throw the ball over the plate more frequently in the professional ranks, relying less on pure stuff. It’s probably too early to give up on him as a starter, and he’s shown in the past at least solid control. He’s got mid-rotation-type potential with improved control; if not, he’s a useful late inning reliever. And he’s the type of higher ceiling/higher risk gamble a team could take after the opening round or two.
Ceiling: 3.0-win (starter); 1.5-win (reliever)
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low (starter); Moderate (reliever)
Drafted: Third Round
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